Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on June 23, 1973 · Page 4
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Galesburg, Illinois
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Saturday, June 23, 1973
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Gafesbur 4 p 'A • i I ft > •. 1 F Told You That's A Strike EDITORIAL Comment and Review Ending the Draft The volunteer army is about to become a realty. The President's authority to induct men into the armed services expires on June 30, and for the first time in a quarter-century the nation will be without a military draft. The Nixon administration announced Jan, 27 — the day the first Vietnam cease­ fire took effect that it would not seek renewal of the draft authority when the current law expired, thereby fulfilling one of the President's campaign, pledges of 1968. The Selective Service machinery will remain in force, however. Men will still have to register for the draft when they turn 18, and be assigned lottery numbers based on their birthdays. In case of national emergency, the Selective Service will have a pool of young men already processed and classified who can be called up in a hurry. Conscription in this country began during the Revolutionary War when a few THE MAILBOX . . County Fair Time Editor, Register-Mail: , We are on the edge of summer and a summer packed with country fairs—and I would like to remind Illinois citizens that events of lasting importance can happen at those fairs. I refer in particular to a Knox County fair in Galesburg at a date I cannot name. One summer long ago a young man hung a picture of a shorthorn. Now a shorthorn is a breed of cattle imported to this country from northern England. It has short curved horns. That picture was Ed Dewey's debut as an artist. He didn't hire an exhibition hall. He didn't get invited to show his paintings by any school, church, or dealer. It must have been a Jong time ago. He was 89 and living quietly in Canton in 1939- puffing on his pipe and playing solitaire. After the Knox County fair he became the Picasso of animal painters. He first drew his pictures on soft blocks of wood- pictures of sheep, pigs, cattle, horses to make printing blocks suitable for use in farm magazines. He once painted a horse that sold for $90,000, The horse was owned by William Babcock of Canton. Peanuts today—when Secretariat with a $6 million contract can retire to stud in November. But in the 1880s $90,000 for a horse was big money. Somehow I like to think of that lad so long ago who took his picture of a shorthorn to Galesburg—and how that picture made a life for him. Who taught him? He was a natural artist, but his aunt showed him how to mix paints. He tried teaching seven years — but didn't take to it. In his old days his favorite horse "hung" on the wall of his home. This was Dick. His one-picture art show in Galesburg echoed down the years in many a magazine featuring his pictures of live creatures. I wonder if another artist with words Carl Sandburg was at the fair that showed Ed's steer?—Reef Waldrep, Macomb states drafted men into the militia. Large- scale drafting was resorted to by both sides in the Civil War, but draftees often hired substitutes to serve. Millions of men were drafted during the World Wars. The draft law was allowed to expire March 31, 1947, but the onset of the Cold War led to enactment of the Selective Service Act of 1948. Many are skeptical of a completely voluntary armed forces. Some lawmakers suggest that while there is no problem in getting men and women for peacetime service, during wartime the task will be impossible. To insure an adequate force, the Pentagon should consider other incentives for potential enlistees other than a competitive salary. Physical and age standards for noncombatants could be relaxed and students could be induced to join with some contribution toward their education. Congress should consider another solution: Keeping us out of war. Letters to the Editor since I've been speaking on the Main Street Scene I have come in contact with several people that were really out of it (in other words strange). I wish I could suggest to them the need of psychiatric care. Let me try to explain what happened to me Saturday, June 16 is one of our oldest established stores on Main Street while shopping for an Electrical Outlet. I was told they didn't have the plug that was necessary for my needs. Now I had always assumed when one was in a business (especially as long as this store has been) that they would order by the gross not by the dozen and reordered before stock became too low. In this case my assumption was wrong that is unless they didn't want to sell me a plug. Now on the assumption that I had purchased merchandise from another store I was asked why I didn't purchase my plugs there (meaning the other store). The individual that said this to me (if one can go by appearances) looked as if he might work in the office or possibly be one of the owners. If this is the attitude it takes for one to run a business, I will certainly have to change my outlook. Getting back to Mr. Hendricks, I could label this man without knowing him, but the only thing that made me unhappy was I had spent several hundred dollars at this store in the past, but I will assure one I will go out of my way to keep from going into that store again, plus instructions to my father not to go there. I know our few pennies/dollars would not begin to put a dent in their sales, but the personal satisfaction I will receive knowing I do not have to encounter such rudeness will give me pleasure if necessary to drive 200 miles to purchase an item if only a nail. This store has stayed in business all these years because of small peons and we certainly should get the respect that is due customers-Miss La Dora Thierry, Galesburg. On Kudsm Editor, Register-Mail: I don't happen to know the party that Mr. Larry Hendricks spoke of as a racist/bigot but I'm sure he had a reason and it doesn't have to be because one doesn't agree with him. I say this because EDITOR'S NOTE: The HegUter-MaH welcome* considered, temperate, constructive expansions of opinion from its subscribers on current topics of locnJ, regional, state and national interest, in the form of Letters to the Editor. The Kegister-Mail, however, assumes no responsibility for opinions therein expressed. Because of Apace limitation, letters should not exceed 200 words in length. They will be subject to condensation. Any letter Jacking a complete signature or containing libelous or defamatory material will be rejected. No letters can be returned. WASHINGTON (NEA) - Sen. George McGovern's reasoning for not speaking out more forcefully on the Watergate issue is that to do so vvould give it a partisan flavor it should not have, He has been nearly silent in recent months, though as 1072 Democratic presidential nominee he called President Nixon's regime the "most corrupt in history." At -that time, largely unnamed sources were just beginning to make links between the White House and the Watergate break-in and bugging. Today McGovern suggests that bis "I told you so" would not add but indeed might tend to subtract from the impact of the seemingly endless tale of Watergate. He says the case against ad- mini$tratioan figures gets proper nonpartisan force from the in j aires and comments of such Republicans as Ervin committee Sens. Howard Baker of Tennessee jand Lowell Welcker of Otfimeoticut, and the well-known Sen. Barry Goldwater of Arizona. It is just possible, however, that -another factor lies behind McGovern's declared reluctance to plunge heavily into the Watergate debate. To^ do so would embroil him fairly steadily in the country's hottest national controversy. Most Mkely it would mean splashing his face across tele­ vision screens much as It the 1972 campaign were still on. And that is just what George McGovern does not need right now. He believes that he faces a difficult battle for reelection as senator from South Dakota in 3974.- He lost the state to Mr. Nixon last fall. He is convinced that Ms hard two-year campaign for the presidency gave many South Dakotans a feeling of neglect, a feeling he had deserted them for the national scene. The problem was not lessened by the fact that the then incumbent Republican senator, Karl Mundt, was hobbled by a stroke. So, as he sees it, McGovem's No. 1 task these days is to per­ suade South Dakota voters that he cares. Winning in tfmfc strongly Republican state Is never easy for a Democrat Ms present situation !fs worse than usual Plainly, ho doesn't consider himself'barred from discussing nailmmH issues generally. His sclf-perceivcd necessity is to choose carefully, stressing economic and other problems which impinge most directly upon his home-state constituency. Watergate seems to interest nearly everybody, but it's Broadway- style stuff and what McGovern needs is a good local road show. McGovcm's home-state troubles consume him so thoroughly that he shows little of .the evangelical fire which invested his presidential campaigning. Though he obviously feels as strongly about Watergate as ever, he won l t discuss possible impeachment proccodin gs against the President, or even call for his resignation as such Democrats as Wisconsin's Gov. Patrick Luoey have done. The mast McGovern will say, and this quietly, is that Mr. Nixon in an orderly society should not be beyond the reach of the law it he is guilty of either participation in or prior knowledge of the Watergate affair, or later rover-up. Not to pay for such guilt, the senator argues, would be worse than any possible paralysis from drawn-out impeachment proceedings. Noble Art of Insult in Shocking Decline Recently I received a "Dear- SLr-you-cur" letter from an indignant reader which was coucn- ed entirely in four-letter words. Now I have no real objection to being repetitively described as simukaneosly the offspring of a female canine and a holder of the bar sinister, nor yet of being told to do something to myself which is anatomically impossible, but, still and all, this letter saddened me. What has happened in our own time to the ancient and noble craft of insult? Our ancestors practiced it as one of the fine arts; we have allowed it to degenerate into a more mouthing of moth-eaten Anglo-Saxonasms. CONSIDER LAST year's presidential campaign. Sen. George McGovern insulted everyone, but badly, and Mr. Nixon never said anything at all. How hath the mighty fallen! Where were the torch-lit mobs of the 1880s, chanting in cadence about one of Grover Cleveland's little peccadilloes: "Ma, ma, Where 's my pa? Going to the White House, ha, ha, ha!" Or, on the other side of the political fence: "Blaine! Blaine! James The continental ate of Maine!' 1 the Politics was always spawning ground of great insults. John Randolph described Henry Clay as "so brilliant, yet so corrupt. Like a rotten mackerel by moonlight, he shines and stinks." When they met on a narrow plank sidewalk which 6kinted early-day Washington's muddy streets, Clay glowered © 1973 by NEA, Inc mmm "We hove a new kind of casualty list today, Mr. President—it's for the Watergate people!" Qalesburg Kegfsfer-Mail Office HO South Prairie Galegburg, Illinois, 61401 TELEPHONE NUMBER Register-Mail Exchange 343-7181 t Hi 11- Of Entered as Second Claas Matter the Post Office at Galesburg, linoU, under Act of Congress _. March 3, 1879. Daily except Sundavs and Holidays other than Washington'* Birthday, Columbus Day and Veterans Day. Ethel Custer Pritchard, publisher; Charles Morrow, editor and general manager; Robert Harrison, managing editor; Michael Johnson, assistant to the editor: James O Connor, assistant managing editor. SUBSCRIPTION RATES By Carrier in City of Galesburg 50c a Week By RED mail in our retail trading /one: 1 Year $1600 3 Months $5 25 0 Months $ o.oo 1 Month $2 00 No mail subscriptions accepted In towns where there Is established newspaper boy delivery service By Carrier in retail trading zone outside City of Galesburg 50c a Week National Advertising Representatives: Ward Griffith Co.. Inc., New Yoik, Chicago. Uetjolt, J.os Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Boston, Char* loite. By mail outside retail trading zone in Illinois, Jowa and Missouri and by motor route in retail trading /one: 1 Year $22 00 rj Months $6 00 ii Months $12.00 1 Month fit .00 By mall outside Illinois, Iowa and Missouri: 1 Year $20 00 :$ Months $7 50 t> Months #14.50 Jl Month |3.W doggedly: "I never step aside for scoundrels." Randolph gave his enemy the right of way, remarking politely, "I always do.' 1 The English have .traditionally been better at this sort of thing than their American cousins, though. Churchill was a master, saying about Sir Stafford Cripps: "There but for the grace of God goes God" and, when told that Clement Atlee was a very modest man, he snorted: "He has a great deal to be modest about." EVEN SIR Winston had to take-second place to a predecessor in the office of prime minister, however. The suave, feline Benjamin Disraeli was a veritable virtuoso of velvet vituperation. William Gladstone, of course, was his favorite target. In one parliamentary set- to, that long-winded lawmaker sneered: "You, sir, speak for fhe moment; I speak to posterity." To which Disraeli .replied urbanely: "I had not realized that you intended to hold the floor until the arrival of your audience." Somewhat later, he described Gladstone memorably as "a sophistical rhetorician, inebriated with his own verbosity and gifted with an egotistical imagination that can at all times command an interminable and inconsistent series of arguments to malign an opponent and to glorify himself." No that's a true ML Everest of insult! ANCIENT HISTORY is studded with spectacular slams. When his aide Parmenio remarked prior to the battle of Irsues, "I would not attack the Persians today if I were Alexander," the youthful conqueror riposted, "Neither would I If I were Parmenio," and that was that. More recently there was Teddy Roosevelt's characterization of a Supreme Court justice who didn't vote right on an important case: "I could have carved a judge with more backbone out of a banana," and John L. Lewis' vivid word picture of John Nance Garner as "a poker-playing, whiskey-drinking, evil old man." Theatrical critics used to generate some vintage insults. Dorothy Parker was one of the best, saying of one actress, "She barged down the Nile last night as Cleopatra, and sank without a trace" and of another, "She ran the gamut of human emotions from A to B." But even this formerly fertile field of invective has fallen sterile of late, more's the pity. Increasingly, we are tending to equate insults with obscenities, and the art is dying out. Maybe one of our great foundations should endow a few university chairs in contumely, just to preserve an otherwise endangered species. The greatest insult ever given? Oh, that was 18th-century politician John Wilkes' reply to an opponent's venomous charge (hat he was destined to perish e.'ther at the hands of the public or from some loathsome and unmentionable disease: "That, sir, depends upon whether I embrace your politics or your mistress." Pray note, gentle reader, who may contemplate these perfectly splendid insults as models for future letters to your kindly columnist, there's not a four- letter word in the lot. Crossword Puzzle Aniwtrc to Previous Pun! MEMBER AUDIT BUREAU OF CIRCULATION . ACROSS l'Piper'fi son 4 Actor Crawford's nickname 8 American cartoonist 12 "Uncle Tom" character 13 Rant 14 Shield bearing 15 Mcmbranoui pouch 16 Repetition 18 Defamation 20 Harvests 21 Fish eggs 22 Periods 21 Decomposes 26 One and the other 21 Unruly crowd 30 Stick fast 32 Compassion* a to 34 01 a stale of hostility 35 EaUaway 36 Pitch 37 Row 30 Porsena 40 Saintes (ab.) 41 Impair 42 Course 45 Kind of trumpet 49 Arrogant 51 Have being 52 Fillip 53 Italian stream 54 Aeriform fuel 55 Oacujate 50 the Man 57 Pismire DOWtf 1 Hardy heroin* 2 £llil*oidal 3 Noted general 4 Groom's counterpart 5 Scold C Carry too far 7 Neck (comb, form; var.) 8 Memoranda 9 Operatic diva's solo 10 Soft mud 11 Number (pi.) 17 King 10 Keen of scent 23 Additional 24 Log float 25 Greek theaters 2G Calumniate 27 Spanish author •imiiic 28 Heavy blow 20 "Good Queen 31 33 38 40 41 42 Hazard 43 AU (comb, form) 44 Javanese tret 46 Roman moon goddets 47 Algerian seaport 48 Arboreal hornt 50 Noun auf fixe* Rodent-ua\ch ing canine Grinding tooth Convoy Paces Actress, Marilyn 2 3 1 r 1 P 18 19 21 25 \w 34 RT w — — • — i

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